ISLAMABAD: The Gulf State of Qatar would hire 30,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers from Pakistan this year. In this regard, both sides signed an additional protocol pertaining to the existing labour agreement, which was inked between the two countries in 1987. A labour agreement signed in 1987 was to regulate export of manpower to the State of Qatar.
The agreement was signed by Federal Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistani Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and visiting Qatar Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Dr. Sultan-bin-Hassan Al Dhabit Al Dousari. This agreement would provide an opportunity for more people to be accommodated in Qatar and also in rehabilitating those Pakistani whose contracts expired subsequently.
It will also help those workers who after expiry of their contract are otherwise, will be able to get their full benefits in terms of social security, ages or any other emoluments being their legal dues. Later, talking to media, the Minister for Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistani said that around 75000 Pakistanis are working in Qatar so far. Under this agreement, he said that we would send 30,000 workers to Qatar in 2008.
The Federal Minister said that I would soon visit to Qatar to discuss matters relating to export of IT experts, Doctors and Engineers. He said Qatar is demanding skill manpower but we are facing a shortage of trained workers due to discontinuation in policies during last many years. He further explained that Qatar Government would be investing more than US $2 million in Pakistan.